A Breakdown Of The Damages Available In A Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you’ve been injured due to an accident and are considering a personal injury lawsuit, any ultimate award depends on a variety of factors such as but not limited to:
- The extent of your injuries;
- Your actual losses suffered;
- Degree of fault; and
- Mitigation, the steps you’ve taken to minimize the impact of your injuries.
If you have been injured in an accident, make sure to seek medical treatment immediately. If you want compensation for your injuries and losses, the best thing to do is to contact a personal injury law firm for help with your claim.
There are a number of type of damages that can make up a claim. The following is a brief explanation for each type:
Non-pecuniary damages, or pain and suffering for any injuries (physical and/or psychological) caused by the accident. These are damages that cannot be readily valued in monetary terms, despite the fact that money is the compensation awarded. For example, there is no set amount of compensation for a broken arm. Lawyers use past similar types of injuries to obtain an appropriate monetary range of available compensation.
Wage Loss – both past and future. The amount of this head of damage will depend on the type of employment you have, how much time off is required, and other factors such as your age and the ultimate percentage of your recovery.
Costs for housekeeping and home maintenance if the injury prevents you from performing household tasks.
Special damages (also called pecuniary damages) for any belongings damaged in the accident, including repairs and compensation to replace belongings or pay for items such as past medication, user fees, and transportation for medical visits.
Future care costs for needed items such as medications or rehabilitation and therapy services that may be required on an ongoing and long-term future basis.
Attendant care costs if someone is required to assist you into the future.
Family member claims for family members who suffered losses while caring for you including Family Law Act claim losses of care, companionship, and guidance. Eligible family members include: siblings, children, parents, grandparents, and spouses of injured people.
Lastly, if you have been injured as a result of a motor vehicle, you may be entitled to other or additional forms of compensation through Ontario’s Statutory Accident Benefits regime. Coverage for this regime is generally provided through your own motor vehicle insurance policy.
Remember, each claim is unique to that individual. An experienced personal injury lawyer will help to explain the heads of damage you may be entitled to receive.